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Pianist Gerald Lee concludes Roche series at Mercyhurst

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Roche Guest Artist Series at Mercyhurst University concludes its 2016-2017 season with an appearance by noted pianist Dr. Gerald Lee.

Lee, professor of piano at West Liberty University in West Virginia, will perform Wednesday, April 5, at 8 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall. His recital is free and open to the public.

His program will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in E Major, Op. 109; Frederic Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52; and Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16.                              

Lee has been a full-time faculty member at West Liberty since 2002, winning the 2007-08 Excellence in Professional Activity Award. He earned three piano performance degrees: Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University, Indiana University and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, respectively.

He was a winner in the 2009 Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions. In addition, he won first place in the 2002 National Society of Arts and Letters Piano Competition (Lansing, Michigan); second place in the 2002 national finals of the Music Teachers’ National Association Collegiate Artists’ Piano Competition (Cincinnati, Ohio); and third place in the 2003 International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition (Memphis, Tennessee).

He maintains an extensive schedule of chamber music performances, including recitals with such artists as Faith Esham, soprano; John Rommel, trumpet; Jeremy Black, violin; and Erina Laraby-Goldwasser, viola. He has performed solo recitals throughout the U.S. for numerous concert series, colleges and universities, and chamber music societies. He is also dedicated to and passionate about piano teaching. 

All events of the Roche Guest Artist Series are presented to the community at no charge thanks to the generosity of the Terry and Margaret M. Roche Family.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Nathan Hess, chair of the D’Angelo Department of Music at Mercyhurst, at nhess@mercyhurst.edu.